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sticks and stones may break my bones but names (or words) will never hurt me

Definition of sticks and stones may break my bones but names or words will never hurt me in English:

proverb Used to express indifference to an insult or abuse: all that flies back and forth, really, is words—sticks and stones, y’know?
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  • If anyone ever tells you that little rhyme ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,’ well tell them they are full of it.
  • We say things like ‘actions speak louder than words’, or ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’.
  • But the child's nursery rhyme is true: sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.
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